The Most Famous Artist

Thanks to my colleague Annette Naudin for tweeting this video, which raises a lot of questions for me about art, expertise and social media. This is a short documentary-style video by Buzzfeed which focuses on an artist on Instagram called ‘The Most Famous Artist’, whose real name is Matty. Buzzfeed follow him going to flea markets toContinue reading “The Most Famous Artist”

Gender and expertise

Lately I have noticed a particular theme in my social media analysis of artists, most notably among my female participants. A lot of my thinking around this also coincides with a paper I recently co-wrote with my colleague Annette Naudin on female cultural entrepreneurs. Before that I hadn’t read much around gender even though it isContinue reading “Gender and expertise”

Research update

Whilst presenting at conferences and co-writing a paper with my colleague Annette, I’ve also been carrying out interviews with participants. I’m conducting interviews to find out about the role of social media in artistic practice and cultural labour, which is one focus of my PhD (the other being the performance of expertise on social media). So far IContinue reading “Research update”

Conferences at Middlesex and Salford

I’ve been on ‘tour’ in the past week presenting at conferences at the University of Middlesex and the University of Salford. Before doing a quick recap of those, first I’ll introduce what I presented myself. Compared to my previous conference presentations, this is a more rounded analysis of my pilot study because it includes material from theContinue reading “Conferences at Middlesex and Salford”

Artists, expertise and mediation

The work of Bourdieu is useful for thinking about expertise in the art world as a social relation, and this has parallels with other definitions of expertise in other fields that I have used before (Arnoldi, 2007 and Prince, 2010 are examples). Another parallel I found across the literature is the tension between ‘publicness’ and legitimacy; and with social media allowing people to perform expertise in a public way, is this a tension for artists? Finally, I find Bourdieu’s ideas of field useful for conceptualising cultural production, but I argue that within the ensemble of agents and institutions he talks about, the mediating potential of social media platforms, and the corporations behind them, also need to be considered.

The Sociality of Sharing, University of Warwick, 23 Sept 2015

This was originally posted on the Birmingham Centre for Media and Cultural Research blog. It’s been a while since I’ve had chance to attend a conference and the Sociality of Sharing symposium at the University of Warwick was as thought provoking as I thought it would be. Hosted jointly by Celia Lury and Adam Arvidsson theContinue reading “The Sociality of Sharing, University of Warwick, 23 Sept 2015”

Reframing Media/Cultural Studies, University of Westminster, 19-20 June

This was originally posted on the Birmingham Centre for Media and Cultural Research blog. On 19 and 20 June I attended the Reframing Media/Cultural Studies in the Age of the Global Crisis conference at the University of Westminster. It was held by the university’s Communication and Media Research Institute (CAMRI) in partnership with Fluminense Federal UniversityContinue reading “Reframing Media/Cultural Studies, University of Westminster, 19-20 June”

University of Birmingham Research Poster Conference

On 16 June I presented at the University of Birmingham’s research poster conference. My poster covered the performing expertise aspect of my PhD, and I designed it to look like Twitter to make it a bit more eye-catching. It was a productive day and definitely good practice for talking about my research to a varietyContinue reading “University of Birmingham Research Poster Conference”

Cultures in Disarray, Kings College London 11-12 June 2015

This was originally posted on the Birmingham Centre for Media and Cultural Research blog. Last week I presented externally for the first time at the Cultures in Disarray conference at Kings College London. It was a thoroughly enjoyable two days with many interesting talks from a variety of disciplines. The first keynote speech was byContinue reading “Cultures in Disarray, Kings College London 11-12 June 2015”